1834 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Felicia Hemans, 1834; Russell Book of Authors (1860) 395.



Spirit! so oft in radiant freedom soaring
High through seraphic mysteries unconfined,
And oft a diver through the deeps of mind,
Its caverns, far below its waves, exploring;
And oft such strains of breezy music pouring,
As, with the floating sweetness of their sighs,
Could still all fevers of the heart, restoring
Awhile that freshness left in Paradise;
Say, of these glorious wanderings what the goal?
What the rich fruitage, to man's kindred soul
From toil of thine bequeathed? — Of, strong, and high,
And sceptred intellect! thy goal confest
Was the Redeemer's cross — thy last bequest,
One lesson, breathing thence profound humility!